|Birth:||9 June 1906|
Twickenham, London, England, UK
|Death:||18 December 2015|
Fort Augustus, Highland, Scotland, UK
|Age:||109 years, 192 days|
Irene Chapman (9 June 1906 – 18 December 2015) was a British centenarian who was the oldest living person in Scotland at the time of her death.
Irene Chapman was born on 9 June 1906 in Twickenham, London, England.
Chapman worked helping her father with his seed merchant business, and was an active member of St Stephen’s Church, in Richmond Road, where she played the organ and sang in the choir.
Chapman never married and had no driving license or passport. In 1966, she moved to Sussex, and after a holiday in Scotland in 1976 Chapman and her friends moved to Fort William.
In 2012, Chapman moved to the Telford Centre care home in Fort Augustus. Following the death of Jessie Gallan in March 2015, Chapman became the oldest living person in Scotland. On her 109th birthday later that year, she enjoyed a specially made birthday cake in the shape of a Pekingese, and credited good food, strong faith, a loving family and a sense of humour as the ingredients to a long life. Despite losing her sight in her later years, Chapman remained fiercely independent.
Chapman died on 18 December 2015 aged 109 years, 192 days. Following her death, 107-year-old Alf Smith became the oldest living person in Scotland.
- Oldest in Britain
- Scotland's oldest woman celebrates 109th birthday Richmond & Twickenham Times, 9 June 2015
- Scotland's oldest woman celebrates 109th birthday The Press and Journal, 10 June 2015
- Scotland's oldest woman dies in Highland care home The Press and Journal, 26 December 2015